William L. Clements Library

Past Exhibit

Exhibit at the Great Hall of the William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

“1759: Britain’s Year of Victories”
June 8-October 9, 2009


Curated by Brian Leigh Dunnigan

A View of the Taking of Quebec, September 13, 1759.
Hand colored engraving and etching. Laurie & Whittle, London, 1797.

The 250th anniversary of the British military and naval victories of 1759 provides the subject for the summer exhibition at the William L. Clements Library. Seven major battles fought and won in North America, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean made up the “year of victories” that put Britain firmly on course to defeating France in the Seven Years’ War and greatly expanding her overseas empire.

The Clements collections are rich in visual, printed, and documentary material for this conflict, particularly its American segment, the French and Indian War. Original items ranging from Benjamin West’s painting, “The Death of General Wolfe,” to prints, maps, books, and documents are on display to illustrate the story of the significant events of 1759.